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The epic Civil War saga begun in Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Killer Angels continues in a sweeping novel of the years preceding Gettysburg. Jeff Shaara carries forth his father's vision in a monumental story of the Civil War's beginning — and the lives, passions, and careers of its great military leaders.

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"Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift. Thank gods and generals that it was passed from father to son." Atlanta Journal & Constitution

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"Lively, fast-paced....A worthy companion to The Killer Angels....Shaara brilliantly charts the war, the exploits of the combatants and their motivations. He also concisely shows how the early parts of the campaign unfolded. His accounts of the battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville are exciting....Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like." Chicago Sun-Times

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"Shaara's beautifully sensitive novel delves deeply into the empathetic realm of psycho-history, where enemies do not exist — just mortal men forced to make crucial decisions and survive on the same battlefield....[He] succeeds with his historical novel through fully realized characters who were forced to decide their loyalties amid the horrors of their divided nation." San Francisco Chronicle

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"The battle of Gettysburg featured a cast of characters dramatically and poignantly portrayed in Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. This new novel by his son Jeff Shaara describes the interconnected paths that brought these men together at this crossroads of our history. Readers of The Killer Angels won't want to miss Gods and Generals." James McPherson, Author of Battle Cry of Freedom

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Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1928 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1964 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published after his death in 1988.

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives again in Tallahassee.

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The story of Gods and Generals begins with Michael Shaara, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Killer Angels. A native of New Jersey, Michael Shaara grew to be an adventurous young man: over the years, he found work as a sailor, a paratrooper, a policeman, and an English professor at Florida State University. In 1952, his son Jeff was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Michael's interest in Gettysburg was prompted by some letters written by his great-grandfather, who had been wounded at the great battle while serving with the 4th Georgia Infantry. In 1966, he took his family on a vacation to the battlefield and found himself moved.

In 1970, Michael Shaara returned to Gettysburg with his son Jeff. The pair crisscrossed the historic site, gathering detailed information for the father's novel-in-progress. In 1974, the novel was published with the title The Killer Angels. This gripping fictional account of the three bloody days at Gettysburg won Michael Shaara a Pulitzer Prize and a vast, appreciative audience. To date it has sold two million copies.

When Michael Shaara died in 1988, his son Jeff began to manage his literary estate. It was a legacy he knew well, having helped his father create it. When director Ron Maxwell filmed the movie Gettysburg, based on The Killer Angels, he asked Jeff to serve as a consultant. Maxwell encouraged Shaara to continue the story his father began; inspired, Jeff planned an ambitious trilogy, with The Killer Angels as the centerpiece, following the war from its origins to its end. The third volume of the trilogy is The Last Full Measure.

Jeff's latest novel is Rise of the Rebellion, about the Revolutionary War. He and his wife, Lynne, divide their time between Tampa, Florida, and Missoula, Montana.

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mbtm2003, April 18, 2011 (view all comments by mbtm2003)
In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War [12 April 1861], also known as the 'War Between the States,' read Jeff Shaara's well-researched historical tome 'Gods and Generals.' This book explores all the events leading up to that fateful day which caused a long rift in our fledgling nation and pitted brother against brother, father against son. If you are a military history buff, you will gain insight into the planning and tactics employed during the Civil War that changed forever the way battles were fought. I am not particularly interested in military history, but I still enjoyed reading the character studies of the three principal commanders as they staked their claims in the annals of history, even at the cost of their familial relationships as well as their own lives. The reasons for this war are actually quite varied and the author explores every aspect of these. The effects of this war were immediate in the bloodshed caused as well as the vast property damage, but they are still felt to this vary day because of the changes in military tactics and technology of the time. Sadly, we as a country, and the world, still have much to learn from the cause and effect of wars like this even though we have traveled a great distance.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345409577
Author:
Shaara, Jeff M.
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Shaara, Jeff M.
Author:
Various
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
War
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
civil war;fiction;historical fiction;history;american civil war;historical;military;war;novel;american history;military history;historical novel;america;19th century;military fiction;american;stonewall jackson;us history;shaara;literature
Subject:
Civil war -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Civil War Trilogy
Series Volume:
v. 76
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.6 x 3 in 2.7269 lb

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Product details 528 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345409577 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift. Thank gods and generals that it was passed from father to son."
"Review" by , "Lively, fast-paced....A worthy companion to The Killer Angels....Shaara brilliantly charts the war, the exploits of the combatants and their motivations. He also concisely shows how the early parts of the campaign unfolded. His accounts of the battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville are exciting....Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like."
"Review" by , "Shaara's beautifully sensitive novel delves deeply into the empathetic realm of psycho-history, where enemies do not exist — just mortal men forced to make crucial decisions and survive on the same battlefield....[He] succeeds with his historical novel through fully realized characters who were forced to decide their loyalties amid the horrors of their divided nation."
"Review" by , "The battle of Gettysburg featured a cast of characters dramatically and poignantly portrayed in Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. This new novel by his son Jeff Shaara describes the interconnected paths that brought these men together at this crossroads of our history. Readers of The Killer Angels won't want to miss Gods and Generals."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1928 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1964 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published after his death in 1988.

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives again in Tallahassee.

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